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How to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4

by / Saturday, 29 December 2018 / Published in Music production tutorials, Studio One

The following tutorial shows the user how to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4

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Often times during the production of a song, the keyboard player or composer might encounter a situation in which a MIDI note or a group of MIDI notes require their length to be changed to fit the song. An example of this could be modifying the notes so that they go from being quarter notes to half notes, or conversely, quarter notes to eight notes, keeping the same start position of the notes.

This tutorial will present a step-by-step guide on how to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4.

 

 

  1. Open a Studio One 4 song that contains at least one instrument track with MIDI information recorded:
How to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4

The picture above shows a Studio One 4 song with an instrument track.

 

 

2. Looking at the piano roll of the track:

How to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4

The picture above shows the Piano roll of the track. It is easy to see how the four notes that are shown represent half note values.

 

For the purpose of this tutorial we will change the length of these notes to make them quarter notes.

 

3. Click and drag to select the four notes of the passage:

How to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4

 

 

4. Right click any of the selected notes and the following list of functions will appear:

How to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4

 

 

5. Click on: Musical Functions -> Length:

How to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4

 

 

The Length window will appear as:

How to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4

 

This window gives the user several options in order to modify the length of the notes:

  • The first section lets the user Add, Subtract or Set all notes to a certain note value.
  • The second section lets the user Multiply the notes by a growth factor that can make them increase their length or reduce.
  • The third section provides the Legato and Overlap options that can be applied with modifying note lengths.

 

For the purpose of this tutorial we will simply set all notes to quarters.

 

 

6. Configure the Length window for the purpose of this tutorial:

How to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4

 

 

7. Press “OK” to apply the quarter note configuration to the Length function:

How to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4

 

 

It is easy to see now how the MIDI notes have not changed their length to quarter notes. The start positions of the notes have been preserved.

 

At this point we have shown the user how to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4. The tutorial has now ended.

We hope you found this article on how to change the length of MIDI notes in Studio One 4 useful! If you have questions, or if you’d like to learn how to use Studio One 4 in real time with a digital audio professional, call OBEDIA now at 615-933-6775, or, CLICK HERE to learn Presonus Studio One 4 one on one with a digital audio professional at OBEDIA.

 

 

 

 

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